• What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

  • A Memoir
  • By: E. Lynn Harris
  • Narrated by: Richard Allen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Now, in his most daring act yet, E. Lynn Harris writes the memoir of his life from his childhood in Arkansas as a closeted gay boy through his struggling days as a self-published author to his rise to New York Times best seller status. In What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, Harris shares with listeners an extraordinary life touched by loneliness and depression, but most importantly he reveals the triumphant story of a small town dreamer who was able, through writing, to make his dreams and more come true. With his signature compassion, raw courage and awe-inspiring honesty, E. Lynn Harris applies the same talents to his memoir that have made him a best selling fiction author.
©2003 E. Lynn Harris

Critic Reviews

"His fans will embrace his fast-paced memoir eagerly, and then be caught up in this engaging writer's engagingly told life story." (Booklist)

What listeners say about What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

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A Definite

This book is about being young/gay/black. I am old/white/straight and loved this book! I am so glad I read this book. Very inspiring and well written.

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5 star book - 3 star narration

I love E. Lynn Harris's novels and hadn't gotten around to the memoir, though it was highly recommended by a colleague. When I heard he'd passed this summer, I really wanted to read it. The books is excellent: 5 stars. The narrator, though, wasn't as good as those who've done Harris's novels. For the first couple of hours he sounded uncomfortable with Harris's voice. I think I'd like to read this one again on paper to get my own feel for it.

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A fascinating story

I have never read a book quite like this one. Like the other reviewer, I am white / straight but loved this book. Lynn Harris provides every detail of life as a closted gay in Arkansas, NY, Chicago, Atlanta, and DC. Each city has its own challenges and teh ending is great. Lynn is inspiring.

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What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

Mr. harris has captured the struggling frailty of the human soul. This book has enlightened and inspired me to follow my dreams and not take 'no' for an answer. Richard Allens' narration is supurb. The book is captivating. I fought between wanting to finish the book in one night and making it last as long as possible.
Great work Mr. Harris

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love this book

I love this book and this author, there should be more authors like this. I had read and reread this book, as well as listening to it. I love the narrative of this book.

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Amazing Journey

I was fortunate to meet Mr. Harris during a signing in Long Beach California for this book. Now was the time for me to experience this story, I only wish Mr Harris was still around so I could reach out and commend him for such a wonderful piece of work. I am inspired to move forward on my journey...

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A wonderful look intot he life a great writer!

Would you listen to What Becomes of the Brokenhearted again? Why?

Yes, I would listen again, I love E Lynn Harris and feel that Richard Allen did a good job of reading the story.

Which character – as performed by Richard Allen – was your favorite?

The aunt that encouraged E Lynn all through his life

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes it made me cry!

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Excellent read!

What did you love best about What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?

Excellent story. It really opened my eyes to his struggle as an individual trying to fit into society's mold of a traditional man. The story telling was wonderfully realistic. As an Arkansan and a previous reader of E. Lynn Harris' I was supprised to learn of his struggle to realize his dream of writing. I recommend this book for any coming of age individual. Being true to yoursef and to God.

What did you like best about this story?

His honesty.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I enjoyed the anticipation of coming back to the book over the course of a weekend.

Any additional comments?

The only complaint for the ebook was that there was some repetition of lines. The one complaint I have for the content of the book was that the end of the book seemed to lose it entensity.

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Hang on you either love it or not but I LOVE HIM

One of my favorite authors. His story his struggle with his worth and self-esteem. I see a little of myself this.This was a great read and an emotional experience for me I am glad I took the time to read it.

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Loved It

E. Lynn Harris is my favorite author. I have read all of his published works more than a time or two. He was an amazing author.